An imposing physical specimen who racked up 110 tackles last fall as a strong safety, he built a reputation as a big hitter as a four-year starter. At 6-2, 205 pounds with 4.5 speed in the 40, he packs a lot of punch in his hits.
"I had a great visit and I am going to sign with Auburn," Dailey told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Sunday. "The whole weekend was great. I really liked the people I met at Auburn."
Three of the people on campus were ones he already knew, including his player host, defensive back Junior Rosegreen. "We have been friends since we were five years old," he said. "We played sports together growing up. I also played with Joe Walkins, too. He is a good guy. I also have played against David Walker when he was at Boyd Anderson so I knew him." (Rosegreen and Walkins, a wide receiver, played at rival Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale.)
Dailey said that he is also being recruited by Maryland, Miami, North Carolina State and Iowa, but he is off the market. "I am done," he says. "I told the coaches I am coming to Auburn and I am not taking any more official visits."
The big defensive back says he thinks he will fit in well at Auburn. "I really liked the people I met," he says. "I like the whole campus atmosphere. The players are cool and the people get along real well. I really like the coaches and I believe it is a place where I will really enjoy going to college and playing football."
He has been selected to a variety of South Florida all-star teams and is scheduled to play in the annual Dade-Broward All-Star game on Jan. 21st in Miami.
Dailey says his favorite part of football is the physical part of the game. "I can cover, too, but the hitting is what I really like. That is what is most fun about playing football.I had a lot of big hits the last four seasons so it is hard to pick any one hit or game that stands out. This year, the Sunrise Piper game wasn't bad. I had several big shots in that one."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Dailey intercepted three passes during the 2001 season and took two of those the distance for scores--a 55-yarder and a 25-yarder. When asked if he is as good or better than his buddy Rosegreen, who broke into the starting lineup this season for the Tigers, Dailey laughed and said, "Sure I am. I guess I am just going to have to come to Auburn and show that to Junior."...Dailey said he loved the basketball game on Saturday as the Tigers defeated Alabama 59-56. "That was a great game," he said. "I especially liked the ending. That was good stuff."...Dailey slam-dunked his ACT with a very high score of 30 so qualifying will be no problem. "I like English the best," he says. "When I was taking the ACT it didn't seem hard to me. I just eliminated the answers that I was sure weren't right and went with the other one if I wasn't sure on a question."
More Tiger Ticket Extra: Despite rumors to the contrary, Auburn is not announcing a defensive coordinator pick this weekend and no press conferences have been scheduled.